Veteran's Day is coming up this Friday, and we as a nation come together to honor those who put it all on the line to protect our freedoms.

Veterans Day has its origins at the end of World War I when at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the fighting ended with the signing of an armistice. U.S. Soldiers celebrate the armistice that ended World War I, on November 11, 1918.

There are many events happening around this side of Iowa that honor our veterans in the best ways. Check out what's in your area, and consider attending.

Quad Cities Veterans Events


Rock Island Arsenal

The Rock Island National Cemetery at Bldg, 118, Rock Island Arsenal is hosting a Veterans Day Ceremony starting at 1 p.m. CST on Nov. 11, 2022. The general officer from the Rock Island Arsenal will be the guest speaker.


Galva American Legion's Veterans Day service will be at 11am in Veterans Park, in downtown Galva. Following the service, there is a free chili luncheon at the legion building.


Davenport Veterans Day Parade - After an assembly at 8:35am at the Bicentennial building 600 W. 4th Street, the parade steps off at 10am. Veterans from every era of military service will be showcased in this parade, and any veterans wishing to be a part of the parade that can't walk are invited to ride the Fort Armstrong Senior Center float. Color guards, firing squads, and representatives from each military branch will be present in this parade.

The United States Army Field Band’s Jazz Ambassadors will perform a free concert titled “The Greatest Generation” at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. Third Street in Davenport at 7:30 p.m. Call (563) 326-8555 for tickets or pick up tickets at the Leisure Travel Office in Building 333 on the Rock Island Arsenal.


There will be a Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Friday, November 11, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 1645 23rd Street. Refreshments including coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.


Amvets Post #28 is hosting a Veteran's Day Flag Retirement Ceremony from 4:30pm-8:30pm. After the ceremony, a free dinner for all veterans and active duty members.

Tri-States Area

Mar Wilson/Getty Image
Mar Wilson/Getty Image


Dubuque American Legion Post #6 is hosting a Veteran's Day Ceremony at 10:30am at the Dubuque Ice Arena on Chaplain Schmitt Island. All veterans and citizens are invited to attend. A keynote speaker and chili luncheon will be held at the Legion clubhouse at 11:30am.


Camp Courageous is hosting a Veterans Day Tribute at the Durgin Pavillion from 1-3pm. All veterans and their families are invited to this event including food, drinks, bowling, bingo, and more.

Cedar Rapids

Veterans of World War II at a Memorial Day service.
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There's a public service sponsored by the Metro Veterans Council. The service begins promptly at 10 am, in the Coliseum. Their address is 50 2nd Ave Bridge in Cedar Rapids.

The Elks also have an event, celebrating and remembering our Veterans. They'll have food and live music by the Palomino band. The Elks is at 801 33rd Ave SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.


Veterans Memorial Hall in Waterloo will have its annual veterans ceremony at 10 am. At 11:11 am, they'll do a traditional rifle salute. The building is located at 1915 Courtbat Ct. in Waterloo.

Grundy Center

Grundy Center High School
Grundy Center High School


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